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    Danger in the Slopestyle Event!

    Post your thoughts here?

    Australia's Torah Bright said that the organisers didn't choose the best in the business to construct the course and because of that, it could be safety issues!

    Sean White has now pulled out and there have already been withdrawals from the competition due to injury during training

    What are your thoughts on this issue?

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    It's an x- games event and some are saying complainers are wrong.

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    There have been a few "fish" this morning and in practice, but I didn't see any major injuries yet. That said, snowboarding isn't Cross Country - injuries can happen sadly and you cant fully rule them out :( As soon wind comes in, you cant control your elements and this is a big issue at Sochi I believe.

    The Brit just managed a back triple, nice stuff!

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    These athletes are pretty much the most daredevils on the planet. If they complaint, sth definitely is very wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BusyMom View Post
    These athletes are pretty much the most daredevils on the planet. If they complaint, sth definitely is very wrong.
    Sorry BusyMom, the award for the gutsiest athletes probably goes to the skeleton racers. Remember that an athlete from Georgia was killed during practice on the slide four years ago in Vancouver. Some athletes complained, but most kept going at it. I think that even with safety concerns, most of the athletes will still compete, and I'll pray for their safety.

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    Just in case you didn't realise, the qualification for the Men's Slopestyle is on NOW on a livestream on the BBC website, and on BBCi1.

    Official BBC Livestream Channel (may be geo-blocked, but I don't know)

    BBCi1 is available via:

    Digital terrestrial (UK only): Ch. 301 on Freeview
    Digital cable (UK only): pressing the red button on a BBC channel? (I don’t have cable, so I’m not sure)
    Digital satellite (Europe):
    Astra 28.2E, Transponder 45 (10.773H. MBaud 22,000. FEC 5/6).
    NOTE: The channel you want for the snowboarding is labelled “6390


    There are also the usual illegal streams of спорт-2, but I don't want to post the link just in case the forum gets into trouble. (We know how strict the IOC is!)


    This will be followed by the Women at 10:00 GMT (The BBC link will be the same)

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by BusyMom View Post
    These athletes are pretty much the most daredevils on the planet. If they complaint, sth definitely is very wrong.
    Torah didn't even see the course and only said that after her opinion the "best" should had been building the course and not someone else. She was referring to Snow Park Technologies.
    Snowboard events always have some type of "discussion" that's why the practice sessions are so important. After each of them you have meetings where the riders and course builders talk and do changes.

    Something else Torah mentioned is the bad organization at Sochi. Unfinished hotels, no warm water etc.

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    Just wanted to let you know that I have just re-scanned my Free-To-Air satellite receiver, and have added the details on how to receive BBCi1 to my post above.

    For details on how to receive the other BBC channels, see my first post in the Figure Skating Schedule thread.

    Hope this helps

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    I put on the Women's Qualification to see how my fellow Northern Irelander Aimee Fuller got on.

    I've never watched slopestyle before, and had no idea what it involved. And I have to say, it is not my cup of tea. I was bored pretty much straight away!

    Nevertheless, I watched on to see Aimee (she started with bib number 7, and is currently 10th out of 12). But after I see her second run, I'm going to leave it.

    Having watched the first 12 runs, I honestly don't know what all the fuss is about! And although she was complaining, it didn't do Torah Bright any harm - she took a decent lead straight away!

    Oh, somebody's just crashed! Maybe I spoke too soon...

    HA! The commentator was talking about the condition of the snow and said "it's not like figure skating. The ice is the same everywhere in that..."!!!

    Somehow, I don't think anybody in figure skating will agree with that statement!!!

    CaroLiza_fan

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    No kidding about ice not being the same everywhere. If the ice is too hard or soft or too wet with puddles (all of which I have seen), it can be a debacle.

    In Boston, they have people running about measuring the temperature of the air and the ice. This is a leftover from NHL rink requirements, but they did the same for Nationals, but different on ice temperature, I heard.

    I hadn't seen that before.

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    I had never seen this before, either, but am very pleasantly surprised, not just by the sport itself, but also the IMHO rather spectacular camera shots and videos.
    I hope all events look as great on the livestreams as this one!

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    Was a wonderful first morning / afternoon. Lovely style ups and great moves, really nice stuff on the rails too. Very happy that Anna had such a lovely run, but its a pity about Ty. I hope she will be able to run a full run on Sunday.

    Sarka missed the Final by a small margin sadly, still loved her runs!

    And don't worry Caro if its not your cup of tea

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    The judging is a bit suspect and the medical personnel doesn't seem to be present (I mean come on, its an extreme sport, you need to have medical people all along the course) but the athletes did put on a good show. IMO the concerns about the course where unfounded in the end, its nearly as good as the X-Games course - not to mention it looks great on TV.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coco Usagi View Post
    Sorry BusyMom, the award for the gutsiest athletes probably goes to the skeleton racers. Remember that an athlete from Georgia was killed during practice on the slide four years ago in Vancouver. Some athletes complained, but most kept going at it. I think that even with safety concerns, most of the athletes will still compete, and I'll pray for their safety.
    Luge, not Skeleton. Skeleton is quite a bit safer than Luge, since the centre of gravity is lower and the sleds don't go as fast.

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    Well, this course terrifies the heck out of me. I'm not sure I can watch this event. This is one of those moments that I'm relieved that events are presented on tape where I live. If anything really bad happens, I can be forewarned.

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    Awwwww, Scotty didn't make the slopestyle final :( But he did a huge backflip off the last jump to make the crowd happy!

    None of the crashes look out of the ordinary to me - I mean, I don't know a lot about snowboarding, but it doesn't take much to see when someone is just a bit off-balance, or lands just a bit wrong, and with the speed they're carrying of course that's going to end badly.

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